<u>1st- Mike Adams, OT, OSU</u>
Pass blocking: Tall, long, athletic pass protector. Generally gets
out of three-point stance with good knee bend and a wide base. Improving
his ability to use his hands to redirect rushers and late blitzers away
from the pocket. Power rushers lose most battles, good anchor in close
quarters, will reset hands and move feet to sustain. Stops his feet
after initial contact at times, relying on length but allowing defender
to get the corner or spin inside.
Run blocking: Solid positional run blocker who flashes some
nastiness. Attacks his man when necessary, though he won't consistently
dominate him and will lose his balance by overextending. Quick feet, can
get inside of tackle to wall off inside and reach linebackers at the
second level adeptly. Nice punch which he uses to knock down smaller
defenders with one extension. Height a detriment in short-yardage plays,
defender can get under his pads to hold the line. Flashes the ability
to move his man with his hands, but is not yet consistent in this area.
Pulling/trapping: Best on the outside due to his height and
athleticism, but is capable of blocking on the move if required.
Effective in space as he usually drops his hips to get leverage and
sustain against shorter defenders.
Initial Quickness: Obvious Quick-twitch movement off the snap in
pass protection and as a run blocker. Finds defenders with his hands
immediately and gets feet moving to engage and sustain. Can be beat off
the edge, however, when coming out of his stance in panic to reach
speedy wide rushers.
Downfield: Possesses the quickness out of his stance and footwork
to be effective in front of screens. Willing to get out in front of
ballcarriers to take out defensive backs and linebackers. Used at tight
end on unbalanced lines, displays agility to reach the second level when
uncovered in that role.
<u>2nd- Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall</u></p>
Pass rush: Relentless and strong off the edge as a pass rusher when
fresh. Gets under the pads of tackles to bull rush them into the
backfield. Gives second and third effort to reach the passer. Uses his
hands to swim past linemen. Struggles to beat cut blocks with his hands.
Inconsistent get-off, stands straight up into his blocker and does not
shed later in games. Plays a bit out of control, loses his balance when
trying to shake tackles. Challenge interior linemen with quickness and
strong hands when lined up inside.
Run defense: Chase defender outside, has good closing speed and
hustle to get to ballcarriers running to or away from him. Works through
multiple blockers to get to the ball, or at least force plays to other
defenders. May take a false step inside on zone reads, but generally
stays at home to keep containment.
Explosion: Usually comes off the snap in a hurry and very strong
from either side of the formation. May not beat NFL tackles as a pure
speed rusher, but will challenge their upfield shoulder. Quick enough to
take inside lane if tackle guesses on speed rush. His initial quickness
lets up later in games.
Strength: Plays with intensity and a nice anchor even when giving
up 40-50 pounds against most blockers. Shows pop as a bull rusher.
Stands up well against the run when lined up at five-technique, but must
prove he has the bulk and strength to handle NFL linemen one-on-one or
double-teams before moving inside.
Tackling: Possesses NFL-caliber length and strength as a tackler.
Makes backside plays with regularity when zone schemes leave him
unblocked. Gives great effort, following the ball to either sideline no
matter where he is lined up. Adds himself to piles as the third or
fourth defender. Spins off piles inside and finds the ballcarrier to
drag him down.
Intangibles: Team leader, younger players look up to him.
Positive attitude in the locker room, works well with the media. Hustle
on the field reflects work ethic off the field. No major off-field
incidents. Could have entered the draft in 2011 as a potential top 100
pick, chose to return to "win a championship".
<u>3rd- Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State</u></p>
Pass blocking: Aggressive pass blocker with NFL-caliber length and
thick frame. Plays with a wide base and locks onto rush ends with very
strong hands. Few college defenders can bull rush against his strong
anchor or get around his long arms to reach the quarterback. His pass
pro technique needs work, however, and he stands up after the snap,
lateral quickness is inconsistent, crosses his feet, and gets off
balance too easily, giving up the corner against fast ends. Lacks
recovery speed to prevent secondary rush if beaten in inside lane.
Susceptible to holding calls when reaching or being a bit
Run blocking: Possesses a guard build, with a little extra girth
in the middle, and is bulldozer as a run blocker inside. Uses strong
upper body to latch onto and control any defender getting into his path.
Finishes blocks. Agile enough to down-black the tackle then reach a
linebacker waiting in the box. Will even jump towards a second target if
he sees back coming through the hole. Need to work on getting low in
short-yardage situations. Inconsistent cut blocker, more effective when
getting down to prevent backside pursuit in run game rather than
bringing down rushers on quick passes.
Pulling/trapping: Owns short-area quickness to trap, and will
negate targets in that role, but is most effective when staying in tight
quarters or moving straight-ahead off the snap. Would be limited to
hitting first target and could get in running back's way if asked to
Initial Quickness: Gets his massive frame moving more quickly
than anticipated off the snap. Good explosion from three-point stance.
Jumps inside to wall off defenders from inside lanes and is effective
taking out tackle's shoulder on zone-blocking plays.
Downfield: Lacks great foot speed to adjust to smaller defenders
but gives good effort to get to second level or further. Attacks targets
and attempts to sustain instead of just punching. Bends at the waist,
overextends while holding block in space but is generally effective due
to his size and strong hands.
Intangibles: Plays with legitimate nastiness, gets after it on
every play and will through the whistle if challenged. Smart player who
called out blitzes, has changed positions in college, and works hard to
improve every year.
<u>4th- Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincy</u></p>
Strengths: Has a tall, solid frame with adequate length and has done a
nice job losing the bad weight and firming his body. Has a quick first
step with fluid movements off the ball. A natural bender, staying low
and using leverage to force his way into the backfield. Highly
competitive and fierce, showing relentless effort to the pocket with a
nonstop motor. Has very good awareness, keeping his head on a swivel
with a good feel to quickly locate and react to the play. Tough as nails
with a physical attitude and often attracts double-teams. An extremely
hard worker in the weight room and doesn?t let up in practice. Versatile
in college, lining up in several different spots, including moving to
nose tackle over the center on third downs. Stayed durable over his
career, starting the final 38 games of his collegiate career. Was
productive at Cincinnati, especially as a senior when he led the
conference in tackles for loss (21.5) and had career-highs in tackles
(70) and sacks (9.5).
Negatives: Only average lower-body strength and
struggles to anchor at the point of attack. Bit of a defensive
end/defensive tackle ?tweener who struggles in traffic with multiple
blockers, not always using his limbs effectively to disengage. Will
allow his body to get too upright at times and needs to consistently
keep his pad level down to be effective. Not a quick-twitch player and
struggles to quickly change directions with some body stiffness. Has
streaky hand placement and usage, abandoning his technique. Lacks a
natural position and there will be some concerns as to where he will fit
best at the next level.
<u>5th- Vontaze Burfict, MLB, ASU</u></p>
Read & React: Brings good instincts to the middle of a defense,
but his reaction time is what stands out for a player his size.
Combining that reaction time with his speed results in crushing hits. A
step late recognizing screens at times and can be fooled by misdirection
in the offensive line because he relies on his keys.
Run defense: Between-the-tackles thumper with mike linebacker
upper and lower-body builds, but also agile and quick enough to get
through gaps to make plays in the backfield. Avoids lineman blocks in
space with quickness, strong hands, and even a dip move, though he lines
up seven yards off the line to see them coming. Also strong enough to
anchor against lineman blocks; could be more consistent shedding to
reach ballcarrier as he runs by.
Pass defense: Agile enough to attack throws in front of him when
in zone, can make the big hit which separates the ball from his man.
Taken out in nickel packages, though, as he lacks the suddenness to get a
deep drop or handle jerk routes of quicker slot receivers. Must read
the quarterback's eyes to jump and affect passing lanes if not getting
home on the blitz.
Tackling: Explosive tackler who gets low to stop backs in their
tracks. Plays like a downhill missile on most snaps, making huge hits
that result in turnovers. Also brings down backs by their leg if
slipping down during the tackle. Anchors quickly after inserting himself
into a pile to prevent forward pushes. Capable of reaching either
sideline on a given play, taking deep angles when needed to prevent the
touchdown. Gets low to shoulder down college backs, but NFL ballcarriers
may avoid those tackles. Misses some tackles when trying to intimidate
with a lowered helmet or shoulder instead of wrapping up.
Pass Rush/Blitz: Used as a blitzer off the edge and up the
middle, showing a lot of potential by pressuring quarterbacks into
throws but rarely getting home (zero sacks in 2010). Explodes from his
stance but lacks a variety of moves and does not use his hands to beat
initial block. Athletic enough to jump over running back cut pass pro
blocks, but should be able to bully them instead.